Drinks in Sydney with Simon Phipps

Earlier today, I noticed Simon Phipps posting from Australia and remembered that he was actually coming out. Digging back through my email I discovered that he had mailed me and a few others about this and mentioned that he would be in Sydney on the 15th (today). I emailed one of the people that that email was addressed to (Peter Lees, one of our Solaris Operating Environment Ambassadors) and asked if Simon was coming up to Gordon to say hi. His reply was "I'm just going to pick him up, would you like him to come out?"

Of course I did.

As a result, a few of us who are involved in Open Solaris not only got to meet one of our CAB members, but as our Social Club had also organised a Beer and Wine on the Balcony afternoon, we also got to share a drink with him.

It was great to actually meet Simon. He took one look at me and said "Yes, you're Alan" (matching up the blog photo with the reality). We chatted about various things both including various Open Source issues/happenings, as well as other work and non-work related stuff; I gave him a brief tour of our lab (which almost has one of just about everything we sell) and then we went out for drinks on the balcony.

All in all it was a pretty good afternoon, topping off a colleague's presentation of his 5 year with Sun certificate, which involved a lunch at the local pub.

One of the reasons that Simon is in Australia is that a number of non-Sun folk have expressed interested in setting up Open Solaris user groups and he was meeting with them. The interesting part for us is that apparantly we will get leaned on heavily for content. Hey, that shouldn't really be a problem.

The only really disappointing thing was that James had to leave just before Simon arrived. Oh well, maybe next time.

Simon is heading up to the area that I live on the weekend, so I hope we have decent weather, as the Central Coast of New South Wales really is a very beautiful place. He's then heading of to the national capital (Canberra) on Monday.

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